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Netcat / Ncat / Gnu-Netcat

netcat is the swiss army knife of a Network administrator. You can debug network connections, create connections which use TCP or UDP, read/write data to these connections and a lot more.

IPFire ships two versions of Netcat:

1. Ncat which is the standard netcat of IPFire since Core 101. This netcat provides:


You can install it with:

 pakfire install ncat 

2. Gnu-netcat which is another version of Netcat. It does not provide:


You can install it with:

 pakfire install gnu-netcat 

Caution! Both versions are NOT 100 % compatible with the other.

Change standard Netcat:

The standard netcat provides


By default ncat is the standard netcat in IPFire. If you want to change this (because you have a script which needs gnu-netcat) you can do this with:

Set Ncat as standard netcat:

ln -f -s /usr/bin/ncat /usr/bin/nc

Set gnu-netcat as standard netcat

ln -f -s /usr/bin/ncat /usr/bin/nc
addons/netcat/start.txt · Last modified: 2019/01/25 22:11 by Jon